Attempts to find some kind of meaning, and something to vilify, in the wake of a tragedy such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, are completely understandable. As seems to be the norm of late, attention is yet again turning to violent video games as something to be singled-out for blame. The political attention began this week with this Tweet from Obama administration advisor David Axelrod. This sparked plenty of attention on Twitter, and fueled a number of stories throughout the week predicting an escalation of finger-pointing in gaming’s direction. It arrived in force on Wednesday when Democratic West Virginia senator Jay Rockefeller (picture below, and no – that’s not this particular bill he’s waving around) introduced a bill to congress that would task the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study the effects of violent video games and other programs on children. The measure comes less than a week after the horrors at Sandy Hook. “Major corporations, including the video game industry, make billions on marketing and selling violent content to children,” Rockefeller said in a statement on his website. “They have a responsibility to protect our children. If they do not, you can… Read full this story
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